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Old 03-25-2013, 06:28 AM   #1
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Question Best practises updating Arch.


Hi all!

After years of using all kinds of *nixes, I now have Arch installed. And I love it!
There are some horror stories on the update procedure (pacman -Syu) that leaves the whole distro in tatters... I think those are just incidents, but I am using Arch just over a week or two, so what do I know huh? :-)
I also know that all distro's (and their respective packagemanegers) have their quirks and specific requirements.

What are your tips for updating the system? Should I boot in third runlevel and update from there, or do it on the fly from the xterminal while I continue working on my projects?
Anyone with some good advise on this subject?

TIA!
 
Old 03-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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- Update at least once or twice per week (more is better)
- Always check the Arch home page news section before updating
- Check the forum for any gotchas that others might be experiencing
- Don't delete packages cache until sure you won't need any old packages
- I personally prefer logging out of X before upgrading (no display managers for me)

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for the heads-up Ozar!
Logging out of X is my standard as well. I dont want things to update that are running if I dont need too. Usually it is not a big problem, but why look for trouble if you dont need too right? :-)
Not deleting the old cache is a good one. It is one of my pit fall's to be a bit to tidy and remove things a little too fast...
Thanks again!
 
Old 03-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #4
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Not deleting the old cache is a good one. It is one of my pit fall's to be a bit to tidy and remove things a little too fast...
Yeah, I usually clear the packages cache prematurely as well, but do routinely create new system images that are available to be restored should things go seriously awry.
 
  


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